Steve Fulton was right away when he joined the powerful men’s football program at Yarmouth High, starting as a freshman away from home, then moving on to central midfielder on a Championship team. State in second year in 2019.
This year, as a senior, he has taken him to another level. Fulton was one of the best players in the state and the clear leader of another powerful team that won Yarmouth’s sixth Class B title in the past seven playoffs.
“Looking back two years ago, I was a sophomore playing with a really, really good band,” Fulton said. “So a lot of my passes, I would defer to them, and if there were any issues, I would defer to them.”
With more maturity, club-level football experience and more strength on a solid 6-1 / 1, 185-pound frame, Fulton didn’t bow to anyone in 2021. Playing as a defensive midfielder, he has always dominated Yarmouth in goals (17 goals). , four assists). He controlled the midfield, also leading Yarmouth in steals (over 80), aerial ball wins (107), aerial balloon win ratio (107/20) and connected passes.
“Playing simple and being confident was a big, significant difference,” said Fulton. “In the last couple of years I might not have faced a guy and dribbled past him, and that was added to my game this year. A team always needs something like this.
Yarmouth ended his season 17-0-2 with the Class B title, a 3-0 victory over the previously undefeated Winslow. The Clippers were ranked second in New England and 15th nationally in United Soccer Coaches Association polls.
“Put simply, Steve Fulton is the best player on the best team in the state,” Yarmouth coach Mike Hagerty said.
And now, Fulton is the 2021 Varsity Maine Male Football Player of the Year. Fulton has been given the green light on two strong contenders, Scarborough Junior and SMAA Player of the Year Zander Haskell and Trevor Wozny, a senior central midfielder. for Class A champion Marshwood.
Fulton and Haskell were the two Maine All-Americans chosen by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association.
“Steve Fulton was a head and shoulders above all the other Class B players,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Ben Raymond.
In Fulton’s four seasons in college, including the shortened 2020 pandemic and non-playoff season, Yarmouth compiled a 52-3-8 record, winning the Class B championships in 2019 and 2021.
Fulton said winning championships is “definitely always the goal” for the Yarmouth players. He recognized that being part of such a strong tradition comes with expectations, but not necessarily with added pressure.
“We see it less of a pressure and more of an acknowledgment that we’re getting everyone’s best games and we’re supposed to win and it’s just an increase in confidence,” Fulton said.
Fulton has completed the US Naval Academy application process and is awaiting a decision. His father, also named Steve, his uncle and his grandfather graduated from the Naval Academy. If accepted, Fulton intends to try to make it to the men’s soccer team.
Female Soccer Player of the Year: Maggie Cochran, Cape Elizabeth